D. R. Miller’s Cornfield was a long way from New Orleans’ docks and marshes, but for many "Louisiana Tigers" in Hays’ Brigade this deadly spot would become their final resting place…
The Cornfield – Inside the Action at Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point
By David A. Welker With my book on Antietam's Cornfield finally published, click here for a brief taste of some of the big themes it discusses: "The Cornfield – Inside the Action at Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point" And if you'd like a preview to read a few pages, here's another link you can click on … Continue reading The Cornfield – Inside the Action at Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point
Abner Doubleday in Antietam’s Cornfield: No Day in the (Baseball) Park
Abner Doubleday may not have invented baseball, but his actions amidst Antietam’s deadly Cornfield rightly cement his place in American history. This is that story... By David A. Welker Born on 26 June 1819 in Ballston Spa, New York to Ulysses F. and Hester (Donnelly) Doubleday, Abner joined a respected family with deep ties to … Continue reading Abner Doubleday in Antietam’s Cornfield: No Day in the (Baseball) Park
The 1st Georgia Regulars and 1st Minnesota Infantry at Antietam: A Kindness in the Cornfield
The 1st Georgia Regulars’ Sergeant William Andrews and the 1st Minnesota’s Sergeant Sam Bloomer traveled from very different worlds, and over many miles, to share a moment of grace and humanity amidst the terror of Antietam’s bloody Cornfield. This is that story…
The 2nd Massachusetts in the Cornfield: Robert Gould Shaw’s Command Baptism by Fire
Viewers of the 1989 film “Glory” know it tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts African American regiment and its commander, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who share a fate at the 1863 assault on Fort Wagner. Fewer know about the film’s opening scenes, which take Captain Shaw and the 2nd Massachusetts into the horror of the Cornfield. This is that story …
New Old Views of the Miller Farm and Antietam’s Cornfield
Travel back in time to see Antietam's battlefield as it looked 134 years ago. Our first stop is D. R. Miller's farm, around which swirled fighting in the bloody Cornfield...
The 5th Virginia’s Private Ezra Stickley: Irony in the Cornfield
The 5th Virginia's Ezra Stickley awakened and realized the firing had picked up considerably. Gathering up his gear...Ezra discovered he’d misplaced the right glove of his newly-purchased pair, a loss that troubled him considerably. Within the hour Ezra would be troubled by a much greater loss...and discover the ultimate irony of Antietam's bloody Cornfield.
John Cook: An Ohio boy comes of age in Antietam’s Cornfield
John Cook swung his bugle over his shoulder and wrested from the dead man his leather pouch, bearing the undelivered shell without which the cannon was useless. From that moment on, John Cook worked a gun alongside the trained artillerymen to face down the onslaught of Wofford’s attacking Texas Brigade. It was an act that earned John Cook—who had turned fifteen years old barely a month before—the Medal of Honor.
Garland’s Brigade at the Cornfield: The Death of a Reputation…and Much More
The 5th North Carolina’s Captain Thompson “came up to me in a very excited manner and tone cried out to me “They are flanking us! See, yonder’s a whole brigade!” I ordered him to keep silent and return to his place…but, when this act of indiscretion occurred, they began to break and run…” By … Continue reading Garland’s Brigade at the Cornfield: The Death of a Reputation…and Much More
The 88th Pennsylvania at Antietam: A Cornfield Invalid Saves Washington
Now was the moment of truth for Major George Gile and his new command, the 88th Pennsylvania. Instantly Gile’s “stentorian” voice “rang out, “88th. On first division, deploy column, march. Forward, guide centre, halt. Commence, firing!” And with that the 88th Pennsylvania entered the fight for Antietam’s Cornfield... By David A. Welker The 88th Pennsylvania … Continue reading The 88th Pennsylvania at Antietam: A Cornfield Invalid Saves Washington